Elder Hayden L. Williams

Week #24 - Ramamurthy Nagar - "I don't remember that in the Bible..."

Well this week was exciting because as Elder Halford and I were walking our area we found a huge church with its own compound. It is St. Anthony's church where they have a bunch of lifelike models of Christ's journey to the Cross and also some about this St. Anthony. I had to take videos of it because honestly I am not sure how to explain it and they made no sense. Half of Christ's journey they were showing I don't remember reading in the Bible. My favorite part of this church was when we sat inside the main hall and realized they had 4 of our church's artworks used in their worship and we are quite certain they did not have permission. They also had a nativity outside where they got cardboard cutouts of Joseph and Mary from our bible video and I honestly couldn't stop laughing. Let us just say that our church has better artwork of the Gospel than any church here.

So one interesting thing in Bangalore is that the buses are segregated by gender. The front half is for ladies and children and the back is for men. I don't have a problem with giving the women the best seating I just thought actual segregation was interesting.

I had beef for the first time in India! A member had a little thing of beef yesterday right after church and gave me a little! I really miss beef, apparently there is a place near our apartment that sells a beef curry so I will be visiting that place real soon.

So in my apartment there is another Elder Williams who is a native and we are serving in the same ward so yesterday we had a fun time trying to figure out who the members were talking to. A few of them started refering to us as the black and white Elder Williams, all I can say is that I did not start that. Elder Williams is from a state called Tamil Nadu which is where they speak Tamil (surprise!) and all of the Indians there are darker than the rest of the country. This might be the most diverse looking people who are all natives of a country. America is diverse but that is because people came from other countries to settle. Here in India you can go to one state and the people will look completely different and still be fully blooded Indians. The north states (near Nepal and China) have Indians that have the facial structure of the Chinese but they are full Indian, it is crazy to see sometimes.

So two of the days this week we had a Bundh. Which is literally where some of the people, especially auto drivers, go on strike and don't use vehicles that use petrol and because of that most stores didn't open. This is because petrol prices are high right now so they appartently do this every couple months for a couple days. Apparently the one a few months ago had a few riots too but this one was tame. It was weird to have relatively empty roads.

They speak so many languages here and honestly I don't think my tongue was made for some of them. I am trying my best to try each of them but they are crazy.
Pretty big week this week!
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Elder Williams

Q&A
  • How often do you get to go to members homes for dinner?
    • In my last area it was maybe once or twice a week for dinner appointments, in this area it's as many as you set with the members. I do wear a tie no problem there everyone just thinks we go to some school
  • How close are you to the mission home?
    • I am about a 25 minute auto ride from the mission home.
  • How many do you have in your teaching pool?
    • Our teaching pool expanded this week, right now it is maybe 6 families and a few ysa's. The problem is finding people that will progress.
  • How many of you are in this apartment?
    • 6 again. 4 americans and 2 natives. the zone leaders are the other 2 americans and their companionship is split with the natives. Elder Tolbert and Elder Lowe are the zone leaders. the natives are Elder Nathaniel and Elder Williams. And Elder Williams and I are in the same ward just opposite areas so it has already got confusing.